Drug Addicted Babies Prone to SIDS and ADHD

The number of children born to mothers addicted to drugs is on the rise and has been for a number of years. Experts have continually warned that abusing drugs during pregnancy can cause severe problems for the children, including being born with hideously painful withdrawal symptoms and health issues that can affect them long-term.

Withdrawal symptoms include shivering, cramps, irritability, feeding issues or fits, depending on the abused drug. Children can also be born with low birth weight; a number of research studies have linked drug abuse during pregnancy to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); and it is not uncommon for those children to suffer later in life from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

According to a spokesman for Addaction, a drug treatment agency in the UK, “Drug use among parents is a big problem and it has been on the increase for some years. “Pregnancy can be a catalyst for people to stop using drugs but, in some cases, that does not happen.”

Source: Birmingham Sunday Mercury
Date: Apr. 18, 2008

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